Oasis Charter Public School

Staff

Administration

Dr. Natalie Zayas, MS, EdD

Dr. Natalie Zayas, MS, EdD

Executive Director

Hello, I am excited to be back at Oasis. As a teacher here, I loved the school, families, students, coworkers, and the mission. Constructivism is a learning method that I was drawn to well before I began my education to become an educator. My children went to a Piaget preschool so they were immersed in this method. Project-based learning is how I have taught for over 22 years. In my free time I enjoy the outdoors from kayaking and SCUBA to hiking and walking our beaches. I am happy to be back in this new role working with staff, students, the community and the UCEN Board.

Lauren Ricker

Lauren Ricker

Instructional Coordinator

 

After graduating from Humboldt State with a BA in elementary education,  Lauren moved back to the central coast to attend CSU Monterey Bay for the teaching credential program. She taught K-3 in Soledad for 13 years and then had the opportunity to become an academic coach for Ord Terrace in Seaside. Lauren coached teachers on curriculum and behavior and analyzed data to differentiate instruction. She also created and led professional development sessions on-site and for the district. Lauren became involved in the MPUSD Teachers’ Association and was elected president in 2019.  Negotiating COVID policies and the uncertainty of reopening, Lauren grew as a leader and was humbled by listening to concerns. At the end of her term, the team had negotiated safe reopening procedures with the support staff and the Human Resources department.  When Lauren learned of Oasis and the constructivist approach to learning (from one of our teachers who had worked with her), she knew this was where she wanted her career to move. Seeing just how positive and excited Oasis students are to attend school breathed new excitement into Lauren. “I am grateful for this opportunity and excited to keep the positive momentum going! ” Lauren also has a deep understanding and experience with neurodivergent students and a passion for the outdoors.
 

Office Staff

Grisela Macias

Office Manager

Cathy Dozier

Administrative Assistant

Jocelyn Jacobo

Front Desk/Family Liaison

Kindergarten, First, Second & Third Grade Teachers

Teacher Jordan H., MA

Teacher Jordan H., MA

Manta Ray Kindergarten

Hello! This is my second year teaching kindergarten at Oasis. I graduated from William Jewell College with a bachelors degree and continued my education at National University to earn my teaching credential and Masters in Inspired Teaching with emphasis in ELL Education. I am excited to get to know everyone and help my students learn in a hands on, safe, and inclusive environment.

Teacher Kelsey W.

Sea Horse, Kindergarten/First Grade Combo

Teacher Ian

Teacher Ian

Manatee 2nd Grade

My name is Ian Cooper and I will be teaching your amazing students this year! I am so excited to be joining the Oasis community and I can not wait to get to know your students. This year we will be embarking on a learning journey where students work together to answer our essential questions and solve real life problems. Fun is one of the most important things for students to have at school and we have some exciting and fun projects that students will work on this year. Communication is valued and I will listen carefully to all students and parents concerns and I am willing to make any adjustment needed to ensure that students are having fun on their learning journey.

Teacher Ms. Flores

Sea Star, First Grade

Ms. Flores has brought joy and smiles to our first grade class.  She is highly proficient at teaching phonics and it shows in her students. She creates exciting learning opportunities for the first grade students in her classroom.

Fourth, Fifth & Sixth Grade Teachers

 Teacher Mrs. Clark

Teacher Mrs. Clark

Sea Otter, 4th Grade

 Teacher Marissa

Teacher Marissa

Octopus, 4th Grade

Teacher Ms. O'Connor, MA

Teacher Ms. O'Connor, MA

Sea Turtle, 6th Grade

Hello. My name is Ms. O’Connor and I’m excited to be a part of the Oasis family. I have been in education for over 10 years. I graduated Chico State with my B.A. and Brandman University with my master’s degree. During my undergrad program, I was an international student in Japan where I studied the language and culture. After graduation, I jumped into my career, where I’ve had the opportunity to teach many different grades and subjects.

I grew up in Reno, NV. After high school, I moved to Sacramento then finally moved to Salinas. My hobbies include SCUBA diving, paddle boarding, hiking, and traveling. I love the adventure of exploring the oceans and learning about new cultures. My goals for the future is to skydive and travel to Antarctica.

Teacher Niecky

Teacher Niecky

Dolphin 5th Grade

Support Staff & Specialized Teachers

Classroom Aides

Mari Meza

Mari Meza

Classroom Aide for Kindergarten

Mari has been working with the students of Oasis for over 15 years and has the distinguished honor of being one of the first hires at Oasis. She is Excellent with the students and you can usually find her with the kindergarten classes!

Christine Fernandez

Classroom Aide for Kindergarten/First Grade Combo

Nayeli Salinas

Classroom Aide shared 1st and 2nd grade

Frogh Poian

Recess Assistant

Fracina Turner

Recess Assistant

Angela Gietzen

Recess Assistant

Specialty Teachers

Physical Education Teacher

Mona Stardig

Mona Stardig

Whale Shark, ELD

My name is Mona and I teach English Language Development at Oasis, where I have been for seven years. Previously, I taught for many years in bilingual programs in North Monterey County. Originally from Minnesota, I attended Concordia College where I studied music and Spanish. After graduation, I moved to Spain for several years to practice my Spanish, and began teaching English as a Foreign Language. I discovered I loved teaching! When I returned to the U.S., I moved to California and began a credential program. I enjoy teaching ELD at Oasis, incorporating the arts and making learning fun. In my leisure time, I love traveling, walking by the ocean, reading, playing piano, and playing with my cat.

Chelsea Palmer

Nautilus, Reading Interventionist

Chelsea Palmer is the current ELA Interventionist at Oasis Charter School. Born and raised in Salinas, she is an alumnus of Hartnell College and California State University Monterey Bay with degrees in Elementary Education and Liberal Studies and a minor in the Performing Arts. Chelsea’s love for literacy began at an early age and is excited to share the joys of reading and writing with her students. When she is not in the classroom, Chelsea enjoys her involvement in local theatre, as well as art, writing, sewing, and baking. 

Chianelle Flores-Marti

Chianelle Flores-Marti

Resource Specialist/ Special Education Coordinator

This is Chianelle Flores-Marti the Resource Specialist/Special Education Coordinator. This is her sixth year at Oasis Charter Public School but her 8th year teaching Special Education. She was born and raised in Visalia and received her A.A. Degree in Sign language from Monterey Peninsula College while playing softball. She then received a full scholarship to Oklahoma Baptist University for softball (pitcher) where she graduated in 2013 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary K-8 Education and Special Education Mild/Moderate K-12. She received her credentials in Elementary Ed K-8/Special Ed Mild/Moderate K-12 at the same time she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Oklahoma. She came back to the area to live and start a life with her husband since this area is so beautiful and has the best weather. When not teaching, she is spending most of her time with her family of boys (husband, Gio, Leo) and a new/last addition of another boy. Also, she enjoys coaching softball, working out, taking her dog for walks, lounging with her animals and husband, visiting family, going to the beach, going to sporting events, traveling(when she can), and watching a lot of movies.